Before we get started on this week’s toddler activities, I’m going to apologise in advance for the wonky background and any technical difficulties you may have experienced today. I’m slowly trying to change things up on here, and somethings go better than others. Please bear with me and stay awhile!
Now, let’s chat about Tot School! Remember about two weeks ago when I promised some [pre] math printables and activities? Well, here they are finally! We had a lot of fun with these this past week! I also mentioned recently that I’m going to keep these tot school posts a bit shorter for the time being? So that failed. Here’s another big round up of our busy school week. We also spent hours and hours playing outside, exploring the garden, and going on nature walks.
Summer is in full swing and for some reason I’m still crazy enough to spend hours on printables, which by the way took a really long time this week. Each of the printables you see in this post will be available for download at the end in both English and the Russian that I use for my son. So here are this week’s toddler activities:
Arts and crafts
I gave him a piece of paper, some construction vehicle stickers and crayons. He put the stickers on the paper. Then decided his arm was a much better canvas. He spent about fifteen minutes putting the stickers on the paper, then his arm, then the paper again. He had a lot of fun with a simple 50 cent pack of stickers and his arm!
So much concentration!
Again, these printables are all be available in English, too! I’ve been thinking about also translating these to French and Dutch (the only other languages I speak well enough to do that for) if anyone’s interested, but I’m not sure that all that work would be really useful.
Of course, everything is better with cars though.
Hubby said that this activity would have been better if I had taken photos of my son’s cars and then made it a matching work with the toy cars and the color cards. Sigh. I should. And will … eventually.
Counting with bikes
This one was more of a ‘lesson’. I laid out the cards with the appropriate number of bikes on each card.
Counting with construction vehicles
The Toddler figured this one out without a demonstration, but didn’t spend too much time on it.
We did this one together to get a visual for how much each number is. Counting is progressing well, and I think that using number cards and manipulatives to represent the quantity is really helping.
We’ve been working on shapes here and there. The Toddler got this as a matching work, but I know he doesn’t know his shapes. This was a goal of mine for the summer, but we have yet to really, really focus on it. Maybe next week we’ll do some basics.
This is a size sorting and color matching work. The Toddler can more or less do this, but wasn’t too interested in it. I should have printed off two of the grids, but didn’t. If you want to use this printable, you should print two. I also haven’t been laminating, which proved to be a disaster because we’re also toilet learning, and the Toddler likes to spread out the printables all over the floor when working, if you get my drift…
Sorting types of transportation
I made a bunch of sorting cards. These include airplanes, helicopters, different types of cars, different types of boats. There’s just so many options to include everything that I had to cut myself off! I would like to add trains and buses and etc etc etc. Again, so many possibilities!
I only presented about half of what I made to my son, but we had lots of fun sorting them together, working on pronunciation and vocabulary, while simultaneously engaging some pre-math skills with the sorting aspect!
Just for fun
He loved all these works so much that he had to get out every transportation/vehicle themed printable I made for him at the same time.
Cooling down with our shovels and dump truck! I took a large laundry basket, cleaned it, poured a bunch of water in there, and let the Toddler have a go at it. So. Much. Fun.
What I saved for later
Pattern making, Numbers cards, Addition,
I’m not sure if the Toddler would be able to really get this one on his own, but I went ahead and added a pattern finishing/making work to the printables pack I made. We didn’t get to it yet, but I will be returning to a transportation theme eventually once we start the new ‘academic’ year.
My vehicle units tend to be pretty chaotic where I mix different types of vehicles all together. I’m trying to figure out what it is that my son prefers at this point so I can get a better idea of what to focus on/use in the fall.
This printable will be available for download once we get to it. I am also working on alphabet cards with cars that are similar to the number cards I showed, and color cards. In addition, I have some addition, subtraction, and greater than less than cards in the works! Be sure to come by again soon for those freebies!
Thank you so much for stopping by!